how to glitch photos with audacity

glitch art is amazing, giving everyone the opportunity to make something beautiful through exploration, play, and experimenting.

Audacity is a free software for editing audio, we are going to use it to glitch photos

first step is to take your photo!

our friend Charles stopped by the eStudio to make an album cover

your photo will need to be a .tiff, so we brought the photo into adobe photoshop and exported it as a .tif, but you can use any photo software to do this.

next open audacity and choose                file > import > raw data

It will prompt you for import settings, we use as follows

now your photo is loaded in as audio

*** DO NOT mess with the intro and the ending, they will look different. This section encodes metadata - information like filetype, camera, resolution, etc***

now feel free to add different effects to the image data!
use the effect menu

our favorite effects are
as well as messing with the volume

explore to your hearts desire!

made by: Dan Pergrin, Charles Thomas, and Max Kollman

little bits vibe writer

the VibeWriter

a collaborative little bits device where a sequence of music is synthesized, and wirelessly transmitted to a servo-powered pen wiggling apparatus.

made by Macey Meyer, Max Kollman, and Jeni O'Malley

Reb L. Limerick proudly holding the VibeWriter

come into the eStudio this spring and explore what we have to offer!

Panorama of the eStudio Space

Join us in the eStudio & create the things that you imagine.

The eStudio at a glance ..... a place where you can connect the material and digital worlds while learning with, teaching and collaborating with other students


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Vinyl Mask on Ceramics

I've been meaning to make this post for a while, but first I had to do the project. The creation of this particular vase thing has a few absurd twists and turns--one of the walls fell off for a while--but the monochromatic imagery on it gave it's an apartment building!
Vinyl mask glazing is just like using paper or masking tape cutouts, except the vinyl cutter can help you cut detailed shapes and pieces. Using Adobe Illustrator on your own computer or in the eStudio, you can trace and then expand your image so that there are vector lines telling the vinyl cutter where to cut.
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Next, weed the vinyl, removing the areas where you want glaze to go- in this case, this the "positive" of your image.
partly weeded vinyl.jpg

Stick it on your bisqued piece...

vinyl mask on pot.jpg
Spray with glaze (tenmoku on this piece)

tenmoku over vinyl mask.jpg
Peel the vinyl off, exposing the bare clay. At this point you could apply another coat (say...celedon...or whatever) and get a layered effect. I left mine with the bare clay exposed.
Peeling vinyl mask.jpg

And finally, it's ready to go into the kiln:
pot glazed using vinyl mask.jpg

New Signage

New signage is up outside of our door, hopefully to match the wonderful new xyz lab signs leading to the laser cutter and cnc router room in the East building. It's a little rough, but shows the seams that the ultrasonic welder can make...and hopefully answers any questions new visitors might have!
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About the eStudio.jpg